Have you always wanted a beautiful, spacious kitchen with all the bells and whistles? The kind of kitchen you love spending time in even when you’re not cooking?
If you’re planning a kitchen remodel and your budget is not a major concern, you may want to explore some fun and functional high-end kitchen design options. A luxury kitchen remodel typically combines beautiful materials, high-quality appliances, and custom design solutions to meet your individual wants and needs.
What Makes a Kitchen Luxurious?
Most people think of a luxury kitchen as one with expensive appliances and materials and lots of extravagant design features. While these elements and others certainly can be part of a luxury kitchen remodel, a truly luxurious kitchen is more about the quality and overall aesthetic beauty of a space.
A luxury kitchen is not just functional. It’s a part of your home that’s for more than just preparing meals. It’s a beautiful, custom oasis that meets all your practical needs, suits your aesthetic preferences, and is a space you and your loved ones love spending time and making memories in.
Here are 10 of our favorite high-end kitchen remodel ideas to consider including in your new space:
- Add seating for a spacious, luxury feel.
- Make it your own with unique custom features.
- Let light in with plenty of windows.
- Go big with two islands.
- Include high-tech features.
- Stick to one cohesive style.
- Opt for an open layout.
- Choose a light and bright color scheme.
- Bring the outside in with natural features.
- Don’t forget the finishing touches.
1. Add Seating for a Spacious, Luxury Feel
Even if you have a formal dining room, a breakfast nook or counter seating will give you more options and make your space more usable and inviting.
Built-in, booth-style seating is a great option if you have limited space, but if you simply don’t have the square footage for any independent table seating, opt for bar stools and a dining ledge on the edge of your island. You might be surprised how often you use it to eat, entertain, or answer emails on your device.
2. Make it Your Own with Unique Custom Features
One of the best things about remodeling your kitchen is that you get to choose the features you want and the ones you don’t. Need extra cabinet space? Consider a multifunctional island with storage under the counter. Never seem to have enough space in your oven? Opt for double wall ovens.
Features like these give your space a unique, high-end feel. You also make your kitchen feel like it’s truly yours when you incorporate beautiful, distinctive, and functional features such as:
- Deep drawers, dividers, and other specialized storage
- Hidden drawers behind cabinet doors
- Enclosed, pull-out trash and recycling bins
- Built-in refrigerator
- Statement light fixtures
3. Let Light in with Plenty of Windows
Nothing opens up a space like natural light. Big windows that allow sunlight to flow in will bring the colors in your kitchen to life. They also welcome the beauty of the outdoors into your indoor space, creating a serene, open atmosphere.
Natural light doesn’t just make your kitchen feel bigger and brighter. Incorporating lots of windows and skylights can improve your mood, reduce eye strain, prevent mold and mildew from growing, increase airflow, and help regulate your sleep cycle.
4. Go Big with Two Islands
If you have room in your kitchen, double islands look beautiful and create a grand, spacious feeling. They also make your kitchen more functional and dynamic, and give you more options for customizing your layout and design.
For example, you may decide to include your range and sink in one island and reserve the other for in-kitchen seating. Or you might consider adding a pot rack above one and unique pendant lighting over the other.
5. Include High-Tech Features
Smart gadgets and appliances can make your kitchen work better for you. From energy-efficient dishwashers to refrigerators that help you manage your shopping list, the options are nearly endless.
High-tech features don’t just make your kitchen easier and more fun to use, though. They can actually make it safer too. Smartphone-controlled light switches mean no more stumbling around in the dark next time someone gets up at night for a cup of tea or a midnight snack. Smart ovens can be turned on and off remotely using your phone or tablet, so you can start preheating while you drive home, and you can always double check that you’ve turned it off after you leave the house.
When deciding which smart features to use and which to skip, it’s worth thinking about what will truly improve your life and enhance your enjoyment of your kitchen on a daily basis.
6. Stick to One Cohesive Style
While it can be interesting and fun to mix and match some design elements, like pairing retro bar stools with sleek, contemporary countertops and flooring, choosing one primary style for your kitchen adds a high-end, elegant feel and ensures the space has a consistent aesthetic.
It’s a good idea to pick one style for your kitchen’s permanent fixtures, such as flooring, cabinets, and architectural features, and switch out more temporary things like light fixtures, chairs, or decor items. For example, remodel your kitchen in a timeless, traditional style with craftsman or mid-century design features, and then experiment with more modern decor and artwork.
7. Opt for an Open Layout
One of the simplest and best-tested strategies for infusing your kitchen remodel with a luxurious feel is to choose an open layout. Not only does this make your space feel larger, brighter, and more inviting, but it also helps connect your kitchen with the rest of your home. An open kitchen layout transforms your home, making your kitchen not just a place to cook, but truly part of your living space.
That means you can infuse design elements that already exist in other parts of your home into your kitchen. It also means you can incorporate some non-kitchen features into your kitchen seamlessly. For example, include a built-in desk space, incorporate a small wine bar, or add elegance with a wall of open shelving filled with books and trinkets.
8. Choose a Light and Bright Color Scheme
There’s no question that lighter colors make a room look and feel larger. When you welcome whites, tans, beiges, and other light, neutral colors into your kitchen, you create an open, spacious feel. This also gives you a clean canvas to paint on, meaning you can easily incorporate unique colors and creative patterns in smaller doses.
For example, white cabinets and a lighter paint color go beautifully with a mosaic range backsplash and unique, statement light fixtures.
9. Bring the Outside in With Natural Features
Kitchens have to be built to withstand heat, smoke, and lots of daily use. That means you need lots of functional, durable materials like metal, stone, and brick. Without purposely incorporating some more natural materials and design elements, your kitchen can easily start to feel a bit industrial and impersonal.
Add beauty and elegance by bringing in some natural elements. Here are a few to consider:
- Exposed wood beams
- Soothing indoor plants
- Sheer curtains or bamboo blinds
- Soapstone or slate backsplash
- Floral towels or oven mitts
- Marble or quartz countertops
- Hardwood floors
- A fish tank
10. Don’t Forget the Finishing Touches
While selecting the perfect cabinets, countertops, and appliances are vital components of any kitchen project, a truly luxury kitchen remodel considers every detail, not just the big-ticket items. From cabinet hardware to wall art, kitchen towels, and soap dispensers, every little design feature in your luxury kitchen should be carefully chosen.
How does the natural light from your skylight reflect off your glass tile backsplash? How do your industrial bar stools complement your metallic light fixtures? These are the kinds of detailed questions that are important in a high-end, luxury kitchen. Consider every detail carefully, and make sure each one complements the others.
Be Choosy about Materials
No matter which high-end features you choose to incorporate, it’s worth being selective about materials if you have the budget for it. While top-notch materials may be a bit more expensive, they also tend to be more durable and increase the value of your home compared to other options.
Here are a few high-quality kitchen materials that have stood the test of time and are sure to add a classic, sophisticated atmosphere to your new space:
- Marble, quartz, granite, and other natural stones
- Gold, brass, copper, and other metals
- Unique or custom tiles, like porcelain, glass, or encaustic tiles
How Much is a High-End Kitchen Remodel?
The cost of a luxury kitchen remodel varies quite a bit depending on your location, the materials and appliances you choose, the size of your space, and other factors. A bigger budget gives you more flexibility and a wider range of options when it comes to choosing the features you want in your new kitchen. That makes pinning down an exact number even more difficult.
Depending on the size of your space, the architect and contractor you work with, the scope of the project, and the features you choose to include, a luxury kitchen remodel is likely to cost you approximately $80,000-$120,000.
Are you planning a kitchen remodel? Want to incorporate top-quality, high-end design ideas?
At Hamish Murray Construction, we’re dedicated to bringing your ideas to life to create the perfect kitchen for you and your family. We can’t wait to work with you to build the beautiful and unique space you’ve been imagining.
Contact us today to discuss your ideas and get started!